Dried beans and peas are unique and versatile vegetables. For that reason, we feature them as the January Foods of the Month! Because of their high protein content, the USDA says that dried beans and peas can be counted in the vegetable group OR the protein group. Are you in need of more veggies and/or protein in your diet? If so, keep reading to find out how you can add more dried beans and peas to your diet.
Salads – Next time you make a salad, be sure to add legumes like black beans, garbanzo beans or cannellini beans. Make a quick salad with spinach, canned tuna (drained), chopped tomatoes, peppers, onions and garbanzo beans for a high protein, vitamin packed meal that will keep you full throughout the day.
Dips – Choose dips that are made with dried beans and peas like black bean dip, hummus and other varieties. Eat them with sliced veggies and whole grain pita chips for a tasty snack.
Main Dishes – Because of their high protein, you can easily replace meat with dried beans and peas. Try making a vegetarian version of stuffed peppers or chili by using only beans like black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans and any other of your favorite veggies. YUM!